Soprano Winnie Nieh* (聶樂天) from Hong Kong made her European solo debut under the baton of legendary Maestro Helmuth Rilling and has performed with leading collaborative pianist Graham Johnson. A versatile artist gifted with perfect pitch, she is praised for her “fantastic facility” and “clarity of tone”. She won First Place in the 2012 St. Andrews Arts Council International Aria Competition (Canada), Third Place and Audience Favorite in the 2013 Madison Early Music Festival’s Handel Aria Competition, and was a National Finalist competing at Carnegie Hall in New York Lyric Opera Theatre’s 2014 Competition. She received Associate diplomas from Trinity College London in voice, violin and piano while still a teenager, and her B.A. with a language citation in French from Harvard University. She was a Resident Artist with Opera Company of Brooklyn in 2011-2013.
This season, Winnie is performing the title role (a beautiful young model for the Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli) in Simonetta, a new chamber opera by Dr. Larry Lipkis to be premiered in New York City. She will be performing Elvira in the cover performance of L’Italiana in Algeri, appearing as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with American Chamber Orchestra & Cathedral Choir and in a Monteverdi concert with Art Song Preservation Society of New York (ASPS), as well as working with renowned coaches Thomas Muraco and Thomas Grubb through the ASPS Song Studio. Last season, she participated in The Song Continues at Carnegie Hall, performed at the Austrian Embassy in D.C. and joined SongFest as a Professional Fellow.
Winnie enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire. She appeared as a soloist in a staged lute song project at the Amherst Early Music Festival, where she worked with Julianne Baird and Grant Herreid. Since her operatic debut as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), her other roles include: Pamina and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Despina (Così Fan Tutte), Madame Herz (The Impresario), Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice), Voce dal cielo (Don Carlo), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), La Fée (Cendrillon), Lucinde (Gounod’s Le Médecin Malgré Lui), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and Violetta (La Traviata). Her solo oratorio experience includes: Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St John Passion and Magnificat in D, Monteverdi, Schütz, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation (as Eve) and Lord Nelson Mass, M.A. Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass and Der Messias, Mendelssohn’s Magnificat (Op.69/3), Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Mass in C. She has also premiered works in Los Angeles, at Juilliard and Longy School of Music.
Photo: Dan Demetriad
*Nieh is pronounced as [NEE-ay] and rhymes with Pie Jesu.